People Return From First Soul-Winning Outing

Bringing In The Sheaves

Seeing the joy in people when they return from their first soul-winning outing. “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” (Proverbs 28:1) A great man of God from India who had started over 100 churches once spoke to me and said, “Brother Dave, when a person leads someone to Christ for the first time, it’s as if you took a little child and put him in a darkened room; then stuck a piece of candy in his mouth…It wouldn’t take him very long to say, ‘Hmmm, that’s good I want another!’ When a Christian leads someone to Christ for the first time he says, ‘Hmmm…that was great, I want another’. It puts a taste in his mouth that he will never get over!” Over the years, the LORD has allowed us to do many evangelism trainings across the globe. Whether we’re in Africa, the United States, Jamaica, the Virgin Islands, etc., we always want them to go out at the end of the training and practice on the streets what they have learned. Without exception, no matter what the country or culture, there is always a common denominator; people come back with total joy and jubilation. There’s a synonymous pattern that consistently occurs when they return; two things that the people say. First they say, “I can’t believe how easy it is to share the Gospel!” Secondly, “I can’t believe how open the people are to the Gospel!” Then they proceed to share the supernatural stories of what the Holy Spirit did. I love the story in Luke 10 where Jesus commissioned and sent out the seventy disciples two- by- two to share the Gospel. The story picks up in Luke 10:17-20 with the disciples coming back from sharing the Gospel and says, “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit…” The disciples experienced firsthand the supernatural “exousia” authoritative power when they stepped out of their comfort zones, obeyed Jesus, and went out and shared the Gospel. The end result was complete and total joy! Psalm 125:5-6 is so powerful, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” When we go, and consistently sow the Word of God to a lost and dying world; watering the seed with the tears of a broken heart, we will doubtless come back with total rejoicing. Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ said that only 2% of believers in the western world consistently share their faith. That means 98% of Christians in the western world have gone AWOL! Obedience is the ultimate test of one’s faith. When a believer determines in his heart to obey Jesus and share the Gospel, he will see a side of God that most believers never see. The Holy Spirit then uses that individual as a piece of conduit to flow through to bring salvation to a lost person. God’s not looking for ability, He’s looking for availability! When He sees a willing and available vessel, He will use them greatly “for the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)